Emiratis investigate joke video of baby government employee

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

Prosecutors are investigating a United Arab Emirates government agency’s release of an online video that was meant as a joke and that suggested an 8-month-old baby is its youngest employee.

The Abu Dhabi public prosecutor’s office tweeted last week that it was investigating after the release of the video by the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority.

The video shows an 8-month-old baby in traditional clothing described as the agency’s “happiness executive.”

The child was enrolled at the agency’s daycare program for staff, but after the video was posted, complaints started to roll in. The agency later removed the video.

Prosecutors said in their tweet they launched the investigation because of their “responsibility to protect children.”

While socially liberal in some regards, the UAE has strict laws governing speech.

Cops nab pair with 130 pounds of stolen chocolate


Two people are under investigation in Germany after being caught in possession of about 130 pounds of stolen chocolate.

Braunschweig police said last week a 35-year-old woman was nabbed by an alert cashier at a supermarket as she checked out only a few items but had about 20 pounds of purloined chocolate concealed under her floor-length skirt.

Upon further investigation, police found another several pounds of chocolate bars, boxes of chocolates and other confectionery stashed in five bags with her 39-year-old accomplice in a car outside.

Police say “even for those with a high affinity for chocolate the amount of candy found could not be considered for personal use.”

The two are under investigation for commercial shoplifting.

Officers have confiscated the sweets.

Associated Press

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